Organisation News PalestineMiddle East – North Africa News RSF_en Reporters Without Borders is dismayed and alarmed to learn that Michael Sfard and Noa Amrami, lawyers for the Ramallah-based Palestinian TV station Wattan TV, have been served with a notice by the Israeli army threatening the station with another raid unless it stops broadcasting.In a letter dated 24 April, the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) legal department said the station’s new frequency was allocated illegally, was in breach of an interim agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, and jeopardized security in the area.“The letter is the umpteenth threat couched in violent language from the Israeli army against Wattan TV, even though the station has complied with a request from the High Court of Justice last December to obtain a new broadcasting frequency from the Palestinian telecommunications ministry,” said Lucie Morillon, Reporters Without Borders head of research.“It seems clear that whatever steps the station takes, the Israeli army will do everything it can to put it off the air. Will they go as far as carrying out another raid, like the one in February 2012?”Moammar Orabi, the station’s director, told Reporters Without Borders that it was another form of pressure by the Israeli army against the station. “But we are not going down that road,” he said. “The Israeli army’s order is illegal since the station has a permit to broadcast issued by the Palestinian telecommunications ministry.”He added: “Furthermore, we have filed a complaint against the Israeli army over the threatened raid.”Interviewed on the website Amad, Orabi said he had “consulted several experts in the field of frequencies and they all told us the station was causing no interference or jamming and there was no danger to security as they have claimed. These allegations are false and are designed to interfere with the work of Palestinian news organizations, which amounts to an attack on freedom of expression.”Reporters Without Borders notes that Wattan TV has been the target of harassment by the Israeli military authorities for several years. The army stormed the station’s offices in February 2012, seizing all its transmission equipment and administrative files dating back to 2002.The Israeli High Court of Justice decided last December not to overturn the army’s decision to seize Wattan TV’s transmission equipment. The court postponed a final decision in the matter until Wattan TV tried to obtain a new frequency from the Palestinian Authority which did not interfere with IDF communications systems. This was done, according to Orabi: “We obtained a new frequency about a month ago.”Despite repeated requests by press freedom organizations and the station’s lawyers, the court accepted, after an ex parte review of secret material, that the broadcasts interfered with some security communications and the seizure of the transmitters was thus legal. Wattan TV asked the court to allow time for it to try to obtain a licence using a different frequency. The army objected as it wanted to make the seizure permanent and take over ownership of the transmitters. The court granted extra time, which has since been further extended. Meanwhile, the Palestinian Authority has allocated a new frequency to Wattan TV but the Israelis have refused to give their consent, although they should have done so under the interim agreement.In light of this, Wattan TV has asked the court to order the army to hand over the transmitters and it has promised not use them until the new frequency is authorized. Wattan TV is awaiting a final decision by the High Court.The Israeli authorities also ordered the management of the station Al-Sheraa Al-Mahalli TV in Tulkarem to suspend broadcasting temporarily in February this year or face the seizure of all its equipment. They used the same excuse, namely that the station’s signal was disrupting Ben Gurion airport and communications inside Israel.According to the station’s director Mohamed Zaydan, quoted in the newspaper Al-Hayat Al-Jadida: “We brought in a committee of experts from the telecommunications ministry as well engineers from Al-Najah university. After checking all devices and equipment belonging to Al-Sheraa Al-Mahalli, the experts concluded that the station was operating in accordance with official standards.” PalestineMiddle East – North Africa WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists May 28, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts to go further Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists Follow the news on Palestine June 3, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information May 21, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Israeli army issues raid threat to Palestinian TV station May 16, 2021 Find out more RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes News
London-based artisan bakery Gail’s has announced plans to open a new shop in Queens Park, hot on the heels of its latest store opening in Clapham last month.The new outlet, Gail’s fifth, is due to open in November and will have its own unique interior as with all other Gail’s shops. Co-general manager Emma King told British Baker the company will be keeping many of the existing features of the building, such as some old tilework, and the design is planned to have a Moroccan feel to it. “We don’t want to be a cookie cutter-type brand. We try to ensure each store is different,” said King.Gail’s sweet range has recently had an overhaul, with around a 90% change in the on-shelf offer compared to last month, she said. It is also trialling a range of products at Harvey Nichols.
Grand Re-opening Celebration at Sports & Fitness Edge of EssexEssex, Vermont/ September 17, 2007- On September 22, 2007 the Sports & Fitness Edge hosted a GRAND RE-OPENING celebration at their Essex location. All were welcome to attend this event at 4 Gauthier Drive in Essex.This event will showcase the newly renovated facility, which includes a large state-of-the-art fitness space featuring brand new equipment and a cardio theater, in addition to three new studios for group fitness classes. Kids & Fitness, our licensed preschool, has been enlarged and expanded to provide high quality childcare for more local families.A substantial part of this renovation project included the addition of Physical Therapy Center of Vermonts 4th and largest location where patients can take advantage of the innovative Healing Waves Program” as well as the existing physical therapy programs and services. On September 22nd the staff will offer tours of this new center.Other events taking place on September 22nd include the launch of Les Mills BodyPump classes. Trained instructors will be teaching these classes on Saturday at 10 am and 2 pm, and all are welcome to register 879-7734.Sports & Fitness Edge is also hosting a Health & Activity Fair as part of the Grand Re-opening celebration. This community event is free and open to the public, and features a bouncy castle, door prizes, and tables full of information about other health and wellness-related businesses and organizations in Vermont.For more information on the Grand Re-opening and Health & Activity Fair at Sports & Fitness Edge of Essex, contact Mike Feitelberg at 658-0001 or [email protected](link sends e-mail). About Sports & Fitness Edge, Inc. — Sports & Fitness Edge, Inc has provided fitness opportunities to the community since 1966. Members are welcome at any of the five locations that are run by the company. In addition, there are three Kids & Fitness Preschool facilities that provide child care for local families. The Physical Therapy Center of Vermont was founded in 2001 and offers an extensive list of rehabilitation services at four different locations. Go to www.sfedge.com(link is external) for more information.
From l to r: Sierra Designs’ Vincent Mares, Columbia Apparel’s Bryhn Ireson and Black Diamond Packs designer Nathan Kuder.For every backpack that summits the Southern Appalachians, there’s a really smart gear designer working long hours in a dark office to make sure it has all the bells and whistles it needs to get the job done. Ditto technical apparel and tents. BRO pulled a few of the outdoor industry’s leading designers out of the their cubicles and let them speak about gear design. Here’s what they had to say.Vincent Mares, design manager for Sierra Designs packs, tents, and sleeping bags.The goal whenever you create a new pack or tent or sleeping bag, is to answer a question in a better way. Are we solving problems for the users, not just creating another option in a different color?Failure is part of the process. We go through a bunch of design concepts to create an idea for a pack, then we build the first prototype. But you never get it 100 percent perfect. There are lots of growing pains along the way. It’s more of an evolution than people probably realize. You have to fail to succeed. You have to learn from it.The future for tent design is the same as the past: lighter, lighter, and lighter. In tents, every ounce counts. There are some new fabrics coming out that are amazing. It will give tent designers some interesting options. We should be able to build something extremely light without sacrificing performance.I live in the future. I have this crystal ball, thinking two years in the future, thinking about economics, color trends, innovation. It’s part science, part voodoo. These are the things they don’t teach you in design school.Bryhn Ireson, product line manager for Columbia’s technical apparel lineI look at the market, examining a competitor’s set: the price, features, colors, how waterproof it is…then I approach a specific piece from our perspective. For us, it’s about the end use, providing something comfortable and usable. But a product begins when I write a brief on an idea I’d like to see built, then I let the designers go at it.Typically, it takes 18 months to get a piece of apparel from the brief to market. It takes that long to nail the process. Longer if there’s an innovative technology involved, like Omni Freeze Ice. We knew about the technology and spent a lot of time testing with our innovations department before we started to design specific pieces. It took a matter of years. Right now, we’re looking at developing products for spring 2013.Basically, we’re predicting the future. It’s tough with color trends. Our design department can be pretty fashion forward. Will we be ready for these color schemes in 2013? How will we price items for 2013? There’s some educated guess work, but it pays to be the leaders too, so you’re driving the market, not responding to it.We have an extensive beta project that spans the world with hundreds of real life users chipping in to test gear. They don’t pull any punches. We have guides as well spending 200 days a year giving us so much feedback and direction, from color to technical traits. We take those comments from the Beta project, then apply them to the product before we go to market and use them for future development.Nathan Kuder, category director for packs for Black Diamond With any piece of gear, the goal is to make that gear disappear from your experience. The concept behind our Active Frame Technology in our packs’ suspension systems, was to take away some of the restrictions that traditional packs have had on the backpacking experience. People have just assumed that a certain amount of discomfort and limited mobility come with large packs.I’m a firm believer that active suspensions will become as common as internal frames are now. Right now, 90 percent of the packs on the market have static suspension. But eventually, you’ll see those become the price point options, and active suspension be the more common option. It’s simply too good to not be adopted by more backpack manufacturers.I’d say 80 percent of the stuff on the store floor has an element of gimmickry. The end user is my yardstick. If the user doesn’t get what they paid for, the product won’t stick around. At Black Diamond, we’re always asking, “Is this real, or is this bullshit?”
The Croatian Tourism Association welcomes the continuation of the allocation of aid for the preservation of jobs in activities affected by coronavirus, which was announced by the Government, the Croatian Tourism Association points out. “We believe that the announcement of the extension of the measure until the end of the year is actually just a technical issue. It is to be expected that the measures are planned to be extended until the beginning of next season. This is necessary in order to be ready for it, because tourism is not only a significant stake in creating the GDP of this country, but also the key to the recovery of the entire Croatian economy.”, said Ostojic. We believe that subsidies are the most important link in the chain of job retention and the survival of companies, which this year proved to be one of the keys to the season, said the director of HUT Veljko Ostojic and added that tens of thousands of laid-off workers had occurred at the institute in the spring, they could not return to work quickly and complete the season successfully, so the job retention measure was crucial. The first is the continuation of support measures to preserve jobs until the beginning of next season, ie until the end of 2021, the second is the provision of funds for liquidity and preparation of the tourist season 2021, in agreement with the CNB, HBOR and commercial banks, to facilitate approval of the so-called corona credit and moratorium and reprogramming and efficient use of EU funds, through coordination of public and private sectors in the creation and implementation of programs. Also, Ostojic emphasized that three things will be crucial for the preparation of the next season. Photo: HUT
A recovery in Queensland’s mining sector is helping to boost economic growth.SQM Research managing director Louis Christopher agrees.“There are more southerners moving from Sydney and Melbourne to southeast Queensland to take advantage of the standard of living and better housing affordability — both on the buyer front and the rental front,” Mr Christopher said.“Why this is happening now, as opposed to five years ago, is because job creation has increased in the Brisbane and the southeast Queensland economy.” Queensland’s relatively affordable housing market is attracting interstate migrants. Image: AAP/Glenn Hunt.Realestate.com.au chief economist Nerida Conisbee said many homeowners in Melbourne and Sydney were recognising the value in the Brisbane property market and seeing it as a good time to buy.“Brisbane has been fairly flat over the last few years and we know the economy is doing better and there has been a return in mining and engineering roles, so it’s quite different to what we’re seeing in Sydney and Melbourne, where it makes sense for people to hold out until things calm down,” Ms Conisbee said. Experts say Queensland’s housing market and lifestyle is attracting people to the state. Picture: AAP/David Clark.Experts say Queensland’s improving economy, standard of living and relatively affordable housing market are driving the surge in interstate migration. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours ago“I think what’s happened is that with house prices in NSW becoming unaffordable for many at a time where southeast Queensland markets haven’t moved much, people are starting to think there’s better value in Queensland,” AMP Capital chief economist Shane Oliver said. Queensland’s population increased 1.7 per cent in the year to March 2018.Victoria was the next most popular among interstate movers, with a net gain of 15,100.ABS demography director Anthony Grubb said it was the first time in four years that Queensland had overtaken Victoria in terms of net interstate movement.“Before that, Queensland was the biggest gainer for 20 years, excepting a brief period in 2011 when Western Australia overtook it,” Mr Grubb said.“The most common move between states was from New South Wales to Queensland with 52,000 people making the move north.“The next most common move was in the opposite direction with 36,900 people moving from Queensland to New South Wales.” Queensland has overtaken Victoria to become the nation’s interstate migration capital. Image: AAP/Darren England.QUEENSLAND has overtaken Victoria to become the nation’s interstate migration capital, with new-found economic optimism and a resilient housing market luring an influx of southerners north.The latest population figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics reveal the sunshine state was the most popular destination for people moving from other states in the 12 months to the end of March.Queensland recorded a net interstate migration gain of 24,000 people during the period, with the population increasing overall by 1.7 per cent or 83,300 to 4.9 million. New ABS population figures show more people are moving to Queensland.“Brisbane is now looking more positive than last year, so if you are looking to get into the market, I think now is a good time.” Australia’s population grew by 380,700 in the 12 month period to 24.9 million, with 62 per cent of the growth attributed to net overseas migration. Houses in the Brisbane suburb of Paddington. Image: AAP/Darren England.“People in Sydney are saying it’s too crowded, too expensive and they’re looking elsewhere — and Queensland has benefited from that.”Mr Oliver said employment in the state had increased by 1.9 per cent in the past 12 months, which meant there were more jobs available.“The Queensland economy had been held back by the end of mining investment boom but that drag is starting to fade,” he said.